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Wieden + Kennedy Offices Better Than Website

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We have to admit, the Portland Oregon offices of Wieden + Kennedy are certainly much nice than their website. Check out the digs here. Not a bad place to hang out all day.

by Steve Hall    Oct-30-05    
Topic: Agencies



50 Cent Stumps The Bubble Project

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Apparently, 50 Cent and his movie campaign have stymied the efforts of The Bubble Project, a grassroots effort which placed 15,000 stickers on ads around New York City allowing people to add commentary to ads The Bubble Project says are over running public space. Flicker user and College Humor partner Jackob Lodwick who notes the sticker on the movie poster has been blank for two days and wonders if people are simply too scared of 50 Cent to make a comment.

Recently, several posters for the 50 Cent movie "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" caused complaints for their glorification of violence and were taken down by the movie's studio, Paramount.

by Steve Hall    Oct-30-05    
Topic: Poster, Trends and Culture



Dockers Says No to Metrosexuals, Sell Clothes

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According to Whois, his site may have been around since Summer but if it has been, we missed it. So there's our disclaimer for all your freaks who think nothing less than two seconds old should find its way to these pages. Anyway, Levi's Dockers division has launched Say No To Metro and goes to great lengths to spoof the whole metrosexual thing all while selling Dockers. The site is set up like one of those affliction sites with areas such as "Are You At Risk?", Awareness" and "Prescriptions." Prescriptions, of course, being Dockers clothing designed to cure all Metrosexual ills.

There's a reflex text in which images such as burger versus phoofy sandwiches and beer versus cosmopolitan choices are presented. There's a "Stop the Plucker" test in which the amount of eyebrow plucking determines ones level of Metrosexual-ness. And there's a "Guy-cologist" area in which a hottie nurse offers a host of exams. Even if the site was launched this past summer, wasn't the whole metrosexual thing over like a year ago?

by Steve Hall    Oct-30-05    
Topic: Online, Spoofs



Vespa Queens Looks For Queens in Vespa Ad

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The Bitchless blog has pointed out that, leveraging its Queens, NY location to reach the gay audience, Vespa Queens has placed an ad in gay newspaper New York Blade. This really isn't news other than the the cute word play between the name of the Vespa dealer, Vespa Queens, and the queens who read New York Blade.

by Steve Hall    Oct-30-05    
Topic: Newspaper



Flippies, Cenergy Launch Custom Flip Books for Sports Teams

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has partnered with to market custom flip books to professional sports teams and organizations for use as marketing premiums. These custom books, called Fanimations, will be customized specifically for the needs of the teams and their corporate partners.

Originally invented in 1882 and recognized as one of the earliest forms of interactive multimedia, flip books create the optical illusion of motion when images - stacked in sequential stages of movement - are flipped.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-05    
Topic: Specialty



HBO Promotes 'Sex And The City' DVD With City Tour

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HBO Video is promoting the launch of its Sex And The City full series DVD with a day in the life experience on November 1 where people can visit the show character's favorite haunts.

People can start their day off at New York Sports Club with a free workout to anyone wearing pink, visit City Bakery to sample the same brownies the girls enjoyed, grab a cosmopolitan with lunch at Cafeteria, take a free trapeze swing at the Trapeze School and end the day at Bowlmor Lanes. the whole thing is free and the venues are, no doubt, excited HBO is herding cattle their way.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-05    
Topic: Cable, Promotions



Freakish Appendage Horrifies, Sells Shoes

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There's always been something seriously off putting about scenes in which people are tied to a bed for sexual purposes. While some freaks think it's erotic to be completely under the control of another, we think it's just plain stupid to put oneself in such a position of helplessness. That said, the power of sex always outweighs common sense as it does in this ad for U.K footwear and clothing maker Base. The poor guys in this ad thinks he's going to get lucky with the red-lipped, dark-haired, thong-clad hottie as she drops her bra and panties to the floor until he realizes what she puts on. How this sells shoes, we have no idea but it was interesting to watch.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-05    
Topic: Commercials, Racy, Strange



50 Cent Movie Billboards Pulled

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In reaction to complaints they glorify gangs and violence, Paramount is taking down some billboards for the 50 Cent movie Get Rich or Die Tryin'. The billboards show 50 Cent in a crucifixion pose with a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other. Doesn't everyone know that a rapper has to hold a gun when they sing? It's what gives them cred. Trouble is, 6th graders don't know that or don't need to know that and that's exactly where one of the boards is located - right next to a school. School officials and area activists want the board gone. Paramount is taking them down.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-05    
Topic: Outdoor



Honda Rips Off 'I Love New York' Logo

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Honda paid New York State $45,000 for rights to use the "I Love New York" logo in a Honda Accord commercial. In the commercial, the Accord is seen nudging the heart aside and taking its place. Some say this is sacrilegious to the slogan which was created by Bobby Zarem and designed by Milton Glaser in 1978. Others say it's just business as usual. We say New York is stupid for selling out. Any campaign that's been running for 27 years must be doing something right, not to mention the slogan becoming part of culture. To sell it for a measly $45,000 is a joke. And, worse, for a throw away ad campaign.

Zarem says, "All anybody is interested in is making a buck. It's cheap and stupid." Conversely, Glaser thinks it's OK telling the New York Daily News, "The state has the rights to it, but I'm happy with it. Basically, I love to influence the time I am in, and when you see something like this it's very flattering."

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-05    
Topic: Campaigns



Vespa Leverages High Gas Prices In Campaign

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New York's Ad Store has launched a new campaign for Piaggio USA's Vespa scooters. The campaign consists of outdoor ads which explain the merits of owning a Vespa when gas prices are sky high. Ad headlines include "Relieves Gas Pains", "When in New York, do as the Romans do", and "Don't be a gas-hole." See all the creative here.

by Steve Hall    Oct-28-05    
Topic: Campaigns



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